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The Poll Diaries

On the eve of World War I, a 14-year-old German girl returns to her home on the Baltic coast, a place uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. While her morbid scientist father controls the family with a cruel hand, the passionate young girl secretly nurses a wounded Estonian anarchist back to health – an act of curiosity and then of defiance that could set off an uncontrollable chain reaction.

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World Premiere: September 16, 2010 at Toronto International Film Festival, Canada

Director and Scriptwriter: Chris Kraus
Director of Photography: Daniela Knapp
Gaffer: Georg Nonnenmacher
Production Designer: Silke Buhr
Costume Designer: Gioia Raspé
Make-Up Artist: Susana Sánchez
Sound Director: Heinz K. Ebner
Music: Annette Focks
Editor: Uta Schmidt
Casting: Nina Haun
Production Management: Dorissa Berninger
Cast: Edgar Selge, Paula Beer, Tambet Tuisk, Jeanette Hain, Richy Müller, Enno Trebs
Producers: Alexandra and Meike Kordes
Co-Producers: Danny Krausz (Austria), Kurt Stocker (Austria), Riina Sildos (Estonia), Chris Kraus (Germany)
Genre: historical drama
Produced by: Kordes & Kordes Film GmbH (Germany)
Co-Produced by: DOR Film (Austria), Amrion (Estonia)
Supported by: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, Filmfernsehfonds Bayern, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Filmförderungsanstalt, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Estonian Film Foundation, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Media Desk, Eurimages

35mm / Dolby Digital / colour / 129 min

Festivals and awards:

Toronto International Film Festival, 2010, Canada
5th International Rome Film Festival, 2010, Italy – Marc’Aurelio Special Jury Award; Teatro Politeama di Catanzaro for Best Music (Annette Focks)
Black Nights Film Festival, 2010, Estonia – Official Competition EurAsia; Jury Prize for the Best Director
Bavarian Film Awards, 2010, Germany – Best Actor (Edgar Selge), Best Newcomer (Paula Beer), Best Production Design (Silke Buhr)
Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2011, USA
Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival, 2011, USA
German Film Academy Lola Awards, 2011, Germany – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Richy Müller), Best Cinematography (Daniela Knapp), Best Production Design (Silke Buhr), Best Costume Design (Gioia Raspé)
15. European Film Festival in Bucharest, 2011, Romania – Audience Award for Best Film
Seattle International Film Festival, 2011, USA
Cambridge Film Festival, 2011, England
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, San Francisco, 2011, USA
Media Award BAMBI, 2011, Germany – Best National Actress (Jeanette Hain)
XVIII Minsk International Film Festival „Listapad“, 2011, Belarus  Listapad Bronze Audience Award, the prize of the city Minsk for Best Film, the prize of main sponsor Belaruskali for Best Film
German Film Critics Association Awards 2011, Germany – Best Cinematography (Daniela Knapp)